Staff and Trustees
Samuel Oram – Producer and Trustee
British baritone Samuel Oram has been acclaimed for singing “with fire and gusto” (Seen and Heard International) and for his “masterful breadth of line” (BBC). He commenced his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) where he gained a BMus (Hons) 1:1 and was awarded the RBC Singing Prize, The Doris Newton Club Prize, The Edward Brooks English Song Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Competition. For his work as a concert artist, Samuel Oram is the prize-winner of the Royal Forest of Dean Herbert Howells’ Prize, and was a finalist in the London Song Competition.
William Branston – Company Manager and Trustee
William, who hails from South West Wales, is a freelance opera singer, marketeer, producer and entrepreneur. In 2018 he completed the MMus course in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a distinction, also receiving the MMus award for highest achievement. Prior to this he ran a successful luxury retail chain with his two older brothers in Berkshire. William has always been a singer, moreover he has always tinkered on computers with a keen interest in graphic design and web development. He now combines these two passions, along with his experience from retail management, to run Opera Holloway.
Laurie O’Brien – Repetiteur and Trustee
Laurie competed in Eisteddfodau from age 5, beginning piano at the same age with Darya Brill-Williams. She studied French and Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where she received piano tuition under Matthew Stanley, and as repetiteur for the Royal Holloway Savoy Opera Society. She co-founded Opera Holloway, with whom she currently holds the role of repetiteur. With Opera Holloway, Laurie has accompanied vocal masterclasses given by Dame Rosalind Plowright, Janis Kelly and Dame Felicity Lott and performed in a variety of venues around the UK. Laurie is Treasurer & Repetiteur of Opera Holloway.